WELL-SCHOOLED IN MURDER
Detective Inspector Lynley and Detective Sergeant Havers are drawn into the closed world of prestigious public school Bredgar Hall when a promising young pupil, Matthew Whateley, goes missing.Lynley brings Havers along, knowing that her frank, no-nonsense attitude will cut straight through the school's elaborate facades and archaic traditions. She seeks out Matthew's friend, Harry Morant, but is frustrated to find that that the school code prevents him from opening up to her – even when Matthew's dead body is discovered in a nearby churchyard.Lynley and Havers' investigation penetrates the heart of this exclusive institution and they uncover a Mafia-like society run by the school's élite sixth-formers. It is an underworld of drug taking and dealing, bullying and blackmail, a twisted reaction to the relentless pressure placed on the boys to fulfil the expectations of family and society. When Harry Morant disappears, the race is on to find Matthew's killer before he too is harmed.Guest stars included Bill Nighy as Lockwood, Martin Jarvis as Cowfrey Pitt and John Sessions as John Corntel.
WRITER: Simon Block | Elizabeth George
DIRECTOR: Robert Young
FIRST AIRED: 2002-04-08
PAYMENT IN BLOOD
An avant-garde play is being read at a Scottish country house, and during the evening the playwright is brutally murdered. Unhappily for Lynley, his own beloved Helen is one of the suspects, and perhaps he allows his feelings to cloud his judgment.
WRITER: Lizzie Mickery
DIRECTOR: Kim Flitcroft | Elizabeth George
FIRST AIRED: 2002-04-15
FOR THE SAKE OF ELENA
Lynley and Havers investigate when the beautiful and deaf daughter of a Cambridge lecturer is found murdered. A post-mortem reveals that the victim was pregnant, and the police build up a picture of a promiscuous girl with a large number of admirers. It appears that jealousy is likely to be a factor in the case.
WRITER: Richard Laxton
DIRECTOR: Elizabeth George | Valerie Windsor
FIRST AIRED: 2002-04-22
Once again Lynley's friends and family are involved in one of his cases. His friend Deborah St James (whose husband is crippled) gets very close to a country clergyman she meets at the National Gallery. When he is found dead, supposedly poisoned by accident, Deborah is anxious to get to the bottom of the death and calls in Lynley. It's a complex case, and in working to solve it Lynley and Havers improve their relationship.
WRITER: Elizabeth George | Lizzie Mickery
DIRECTOR: Richard Laxton
FIRST AIRED: 2002-04-29